Wednesday 20 September 2017

You'd wonder about the people who join political parties that tolerate no dissent

Sinn Fein has been haemorrhaging councillors in recent times, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Arthur Carron
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Knowing the bloody, cruel and counter-productive IRA campaign that their political wing still retrospectively honours, and its abject failure to bring about the United Ireland for which it fought, what kind of person in the Republic of Ireland would join Sinn Fein these days?

Down south, the tribal justification doesn't wash and it's not as if there was any lack of political alternatives.

If it's a united Ireland you're after, you could work for it through big political parties that form governments.

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